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Honokaa man charged with assaulting woman, killing dog


    Bronson Lee Ganigan, 35, of Honokaa was charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor offenses in connection with a domestic violence incident in Hilo Thursday.

A 35-year-old Honokaa man has been charged with assaulting a 42-year-old woman and allegedly beating and fatally shooting a dog in Hilo.

Bronson Lee Ganigan made his initial court appearance at Third Circuit Court Monday after he was charged Saturday with kidnapping, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of abuse of a family or household member, one count of second-degree assault, cruelty to animals in the first degree and carrying a firearm in commission of a separate felony, three counts of reckless endangering in the second degree and one count of reckless endangering in the first degree.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Ganigan remains in custody in lieu of $34,500 bail.

Police said the victim said a male suspect identified as Ganigan held her against her will from Tuesday until Thursday when she was able to escape and ran about a quarter-mile to a family member’s home, according to a news release from the Hawaii Police Department.

While she was held against her will, the victim told police she saw Ganigan “in a fit of rage” beat and shoot a dog twice with a firearm, according to a court document.

Anyone with information on the domestic violence and animal cruelty case is asked to call the police department’s non-emergency phone number 935-3311 or Det. Christopher Ragasa of the Juvenile Aid Section at 961-8843.

Tipsters also may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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